Saturday, January 21, 2017

This'n that...

Dad is doing well, considering he thinks he should be home already. Willie has been up to visit him!  They had a visiting 4-H project baby goat at Dad's PT the other day. 
 



Dad liked the baby goat, so much so, that I said, "why don't you get a baby Nigerian dwarf goat?  The back yard is fenced with no climb, so it should be doable." Dad lit up and said, "Yep, I need to get a baby goat." Meanwhile, I have been taking the newspaper, milkshakes, and ribs from the locally famous 2 Buds BBQ up to him. Pretty sure the CNA's and RN's are tired of me showing up at all hours, and addressing his care issues with them.  But, I'm his advocate and don't take that responsibility lightly.
When I visited him yesterday, I asked if he had gotten to watch the inauguration of President Trump, he did and he was well pleased!  We got to calculating and Dad has been alive for the inauguration of 15 presidents!

We have had a lot of rain, Yay! and a lot of high winds, damn!  Lost the Ceanothus to the wind last night. 


 and the ceiling lights in the garage don't work when it rains, but the automatic doors do!?!  There are no leaks that I can find, but I'm sure not an electrician.

A dear ol cowboy friend of the Cowman's has given me the go ahead to post some of his N Calif. wildlife photos, so here ya go...




    

25 comments:

  1. I'm glad your Dad is doing o.k. That is so hard. I can totally relate. It is good you are on top of things too otherwise they tend to ignore the patients in those places. That was a major concern for me. I was always complaining.(-: That worked though and I think I was able to get my Mom some extra care. I wouldn't want to go through all that again. It is so hard. Hang in there!

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    1. CiNdEe,
      I know that if I don't stay on top of this, he will be bedridden.(I know he doesn't want that.) So I'm constantly asking questions, relaying information, checking that they are doing what they say they are doing, and generally being a pain in the ass. Not my favorite thing to be, but needs must.

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  2. The goat seems fun. But if you get him a llama, don't tell Euripides. You'll never hear the end of it! :)

    About the garage lights, I have a wild theory for you. The garage lights are probably on a separate GFCI-protected circuit, but to save money, the builder often runs those circuits through a single GFCI breaker in a central location in the house. Ours is in the downstairs bathroom by the sink. When we get wind and rain, it can blow the breaker because water gets in the back yard outlets protected by the same breaker. As a results, the garage lights stop working. The door opener still works because it's on a different, heavy duty circuit. Do you know where your GFCI breaker is? Try reseting the push button on it. Long shot, maybe, but who knows?

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    1. Grunt,
      LOL, the Cowman would come back and haunt me if I even thought to get one of those nasty llamas...
      Thanks for the wild theory, after reading your comment...it came to me in a blinding flash of insight that I can look on the electrical schematics for the house and find the breakers that way.

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  3. I think that Dad needs a pet tiger that he can set on people around him that piss him off.

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    1. Ah come on guys, he has me to set on people that piss him off.

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    2. Many of us think of you as a Honey Badger, Brig -- with a handgun and a cattle prod.

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    3. LL,
      I should never have told you about the guns and the cattle prod. Why, I've never used that cattle prod on a living soul...

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    4. What?? Not on a "living soul." You use the cattle prod on dead people???? That's just sick, Brig.

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    5. Grunt,
      LOL, well he was alive, when I maybe, accidentally, touched him with the hotshot. (It was damn freezing cold out, we all had been out in it for hours, and he was taking his darn sweet time preging cows.) But since he's not living now...

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    6. This time, and this time only, I won't judge. I was going to, but since Odie held back, I feel I shouldn't comment on whatever twisted thing you and the Cowman came up with to keep things interesting... involving high-voltage appliances. I just won't this time. Free pass.

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  4. When Mom was in her various places, they always had a white board and dry markers in the room. I started leaving questions for the doctor there. When he figured out what I was doing, he was tickled pink. He'd just leave his answer on the board, and that was that. I know that sometimes a firmer approach is needed, but it's a suggestion you might keep in mind.

    The goats are darling! So are the wildlife photos, for that matter. Is that a loon, with her babies on her back? I recognize some of the critters, of course -- the eagle, the meadowlark, the cranes, the hawk (?) and the quail, but the large, antlered thing I don't know. Mule deer? I know it's not an antelope, and I don't think it's an elk, but I'm plenty ignorant when it comes to such critters.

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    1. Linda,
      There is a white board on the wall by dad's bed, and I have been getting them to put my concerns on it, as well as speaking directly to the charge nurse & CNA's(who are the real backbone of care). Getting him to eat is a real challenge right now. Pouring the high protein drinks to him, is helping but...
      Yes, mama loon with babies, hawk, and the big buck is a mule deer. See you knew more than you thought!

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  5. Good for you! I used to be an nursing home volunteer ombudsman and I know you being there makes a huge difference. There's four of us sisters so we had a little easier time of it when my Dad was recovering.

    Love the goat idea, really enjoy goats. Youngest son raised milk goats when he was raising pigs. Keep it out of the house though. The babies then think they are people and like to try to establish a better place in the pecking order by butting everyone when they start maturing. Our orphan baby knocked the toddlers flat and even a small goat can knock down an adult if you don't see it coming. He ended up as BBQ.

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    1. Celia,
      I'm trying to stay on top of things to get him home, where he wants to be. Getting enough calories in him is a challenge at this point.
      LOL, We had a goat when Marymine went on the "I want'a be a goat roper" bent as a child. And then she had a stray pygmy that showed up at their place when her children were little... So I have a little experience with them, though BBQ doesn't sound bad.

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  6. Your role as patient advocate is most important. God bless the provider who crosses you or your dad.

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    1. Annie,
      You know I have always been the very soul of decorum, well maybe not always...! Best to keep those prayers coming.

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  7. Beautiful pics, but get an electrician in to chase down that wiring issue before the house goes up with y'all in it. There has to be a dead short somewhere that it being caused by water.

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    1. Jim,
      Yep, I have decided that this is far beyond my skill level, and it is past time to get this fixed by a pro.

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  8. Dealing with the CNA crew, the nurse crew, and the doctors can be like trying to organize a field trip to the Trinity Site. The photo of the baby goats is adorable. The Cowman's photographic friend took some mighty nice shots. My favorite is the hawk. What an intense gaze...reminds me of the man I live with, at times. Whew...

    Soon your Dad will be home. I suspect that there will be a goat awaiting his return???

    We have had 8 olive trees go down in the wind and rain. Hizzoner restaked them but our caretaker has just notified us (we are in AZ) that 2 more are down and the power has been out over 40 hours...

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    1. Cheri,
      I'm getting a lot of instructions on protocols for Dad's care from my SIL via my brother in Ideeho, where they have excellent care...
      Damn sorry to hear about your olive trees, but you know they are one of the most transplanted mature trees, and are tough. Hope yours make it. I have loved the oil you sent, fruit of your hard work, only serve it when people I really like are here!
      Damn, power out for 40 hours, praying you have a back up generator for the frig & freezer!

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  9. Baby Goat? I'll Refrain ......

    Glad you two are getting along in our wonderful new Trumpville. I'm way behind on all of my blog visits, but I'll bet you understand about my snow bound activities.

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    1. Woodsterman,
      Thank you for refraining from raining on Dad's goat!

      I always thought I wanted to live in snow country, but after listening to my brother and you this winter and considering that I may not be quite as able(young) as I think I am... it might be best if I'm just a visitor...
      Be careful, stay warm, and don't over do, please.

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